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April 17, 2018

My experience in South Africa was AMAZING! In just 12 days, I became so enchanted by the country's culture, food, people and its beautiful scenery that I did not want to board the plane to return. I went to South Africa as a part of the learning abroad course, South Af...

April 9, 2018

Cuba was truly a life changing experience. For my particular major in urban studies and spanish this was a great way to practice using spanish and also being able to engage in hands on activities helping people in their community. I learned so much about the Cuban cult...

February 1, 2018

“People don’t realize what it means to be a first-generation college student, and why it is nothing short of a tremendous accomplishment,” says the double major in health science and psychology, who serves as president and a peer mentor for Bridging 1st Generation Stud...

January 10, 2018

                     South Africa was truly a life changing experience and trip that I will never forget. Through the trip I was able to network with different business executives and was given the opportunity to meet many humbling people. In addition, I got to witness...

January 10, 2018

     The trip to Guatemala in spring 2017 was an unforgettable experience for me. I was able to meet and help the people in the highlands. We spent couple days in the highlands community built stoves and did some health-related activity. Since the indigenous people are...

May 25, 2017

  

                 As a 1st Gen college student at an older age I truly did not realize the importance and the opportunities a college education would allow me to experience.  I was awarded a scholarship through the Rutgers TRIO program and I was truly in awe and...

May 22, 2017

In April of 2017 I traveled to Memphis Tennessee to attend the National Council of Undergraduate Research Conference. It was an exciting and eye-opening adventure. I learned so much by attending my first ever research conference and I am grateful to have made lasting m...

April 13, 2017

Traveling to Boston for the 1st Generation summit at Tufts University was an absolute honor. I want to simply thank everyone involved who helped me get to Boston and anyone who helped me experience this amazing trip to the fullest. This trip consisted of building relat...

January 20, 2017

Attending the First Generation Summit was a fresh new experience that gave me a positive outlook on just how vast the experiences of college can be. I personally have not had an opportunity similar to this one at Stockton University during the summer before my senior y...

May 3, 2016

 

2016 is a year that I’ve experienced a lot. I can honestly say that I’ve grown from every experience this year has brought. I am a junior and this is the year I’ve finally chosen a major as Social Work. I’ve also chose to go on a service-learning abroad trip to the Do...

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As a first-generation college graduate, former EOF student, TRiO McNair Scholar, native of Camden and proud alumna of Rutgers, Rodriguez uses her experiences to understand and support first generation college students. Notable accomplishments include the establishment of B1GS, a newly formed student centered organization that Bridges 1st Generation College Students on campus.

  

Ana Rodriguez received a B.A. from Rutgers, M.A. from Columbia University, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education, Culture, and Society at Rutgers Graduate School of Education.

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